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Duck Trap Wherry 15' lofting


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The boat shown above is Fritha, a 15' Duck Trap Wherry built by Philip Archer in the UK. The page from the WaterCraft magazine article below tells how this violin maker became a boatbuilder, at least long enough to build his own boat.

There are several iterations of the Duck Trap Wherry–she's that popular, and this particular flat sterned 15-footer is the most popular of the bunch. 'Could be because none of the planks require more than one scarph joint, or it could be because she's just a nice sized boat for general knocking about. It is a standard lofting complete with transom expansion. It is printed on a single sheet of 24# blueline paper and shipped to you rolled.


Philip wrote to say: I finished building my Duck Trap Wherry in June...and would have written to you sooner had it not taken me two years to work out how to use my digital camera. We've had two summers with "Fritha", and we've rowed her in the sea off the Isle of Wight, on the Norfolk Broads, the River Thames at Oxford, the River Dee at Chester, Lake Ullswater in the Lake District, and the River Coquet and North Sea at Amble in Northumberland. She's added a new dimension to our holidays and feels like another member of the family. Her looks have been highly praised everywhere, and it's interesting to note that the highest praise has come from the professional boatbuilders who have seen her... I was particularly pleased with our visit to Amble, which is a small fishing town with a long history of boatbuilding. The boatbuilding industry is now dead unfortunately, but Fritha acted like a magnet drawing the remaining old boatbuilders to her, and I had several long and interesting conversations. She was also well received by the fishermen, some of whom still net for salmon from open boats in the way I imagine Lincolnville salmon fishermen did.

Building Fritha was hugely pleasurable, and I'm glad to find owning and using her equally so. Thank you.

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